The construction of snowboards is nearly identical to skis;
all of the same materials are used. The real differences in
these boards are in the shapes and flex patterns.
The core of a snowboard is usually wood or foam. The
difference between the two is that wood cores are firmer
and more responsive and foam cores are more flexible and
The base is part of the board that touches the snow. It
is usually polyethylene or composite, and either
extruded or sintered. Extruded bases are less expensive
and easier to repair, while sintered bases are faster
and hold wax better.
The edges are almost always metal to allow the boarder
to easily cut into snow and ice.
This is the fiberglass layers that sandwich in the core
on top and bottom for stiffness and strength